To say that I’m a bit excited about the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé is an understatement, I’m ‘jumping up and down like a teenage girl’ excited! And now it’s actually in Australia and deliveries to Australian customers will commence in mid-2019.
Quietly last Friday at the Bathurst 12 hour race Mercedes-Benz Australia launched the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé and it’s less powerful sibling the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé.
So why am I so excited about this car? Because I believe that this is the ultimate family car. Mercedes-AMG sedans are known for the ability to be a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde. They can be the most sedate four door family car that safely delivers your children to school and then when you want it to be they are a growling, wild, V8 fun machine.
Now the 4-Door Coupé is the ultimate distillation of a four door V8-powered Mercedes-AMG. At its heart is a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 making 470kW and 900Nm. Allied to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT nine-speed auto and the fully variable 4MATIC+ system, it can sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds! That’s right 3.2 seconds!
The AMG has more power and torque than the V8-powered Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, it’s quicker to 100km/h than the Lusso, and it’s around $150k cheaper! Are you starting to see why I am so bloody excited?
“The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé blends the impressive racetrack dynamism of our two-door sports car with maximum suitability for everyday use. It has a unique way of embodying our brand core, “Driving Performance” and with its systematic configuration it will attract new customers for Mercedes-AMG,” commented Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The model range kicks off with the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, with an inline six-cylinder engine featuring EQ Boost technology and making 320kW of power and 520Nm of torque in combination with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT nine- speed automatic transmission. Power is delivered via 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive and an AMG Performance Exhaust System. The AMG 53 4MATIC+ will reach 100km/h in 4.5 seconds from standstill.
The AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupé also features the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS driving mode package, AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension, EXCLUSIVE Nappa leather upholstery, and 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels. Among a comprehensive list of standard inclusions are a 14-speaker Burmester surround sound system, AMG Performance front seats (heated and cooled) and AMG Performance steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre, AMG Track Pace software, wireless phone charging, MULTIBEAM LED headlights, and yellow-painted AMG brake calipers.
An extensive suite of safety features includes Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, plus other active technologies including Active Blind Spot Assist, Brake Assist with Cross Traffic function, Lane Change Assist and Steering Assist. Nine airbags, a 360° Camera, and the PRE-SAFE accident anticipation system round out the list.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé will retail in Australia for $249,900 excluding dealer delivery and on-road costs . The options available include the AMG Exterior Chrome Package ($2,500), AMG Exterior Carbon-fibre Package ($9,500), AMG Night Package ($2,500), Luxury Rear Package ($5,300), and Warmth Comfort Package ($1,300).
But the one you want is the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé. It’s world’s fastest series production four-seater on the legendary North Loop of the Nürburgring, with a time of 7:25.41. At its heart is a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 making 470kW and 900Nm. Allied to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT nine-speed auto and the fully variable 4MATIC+ system.
Rear-axle steering, an active dynamic engine mount, 21-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels, AMG carbon-fibre trim, power-closing doors and an AMG Performance steering wheel trimmed in black DINAMICA microfibre are also fitted as standard.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé is priced at $349,900 excluding dealer delivery and on-road costs. With option packages including the AMG Exterior Carbon-fibre Package ($9,500), AMG Night Package ($1,500), Luxury Rear Package ($4,600), Warmth Comfort Package ($1,300), AMG Aerodynamics Package ($7,300), and AMG Carbon Package II ($11,600).
A further option available exclusively to owners of the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupé is the Edition 1 Package, which includes the AMG Aerodynamics Package, special 21-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels in matt black with a high-sheen finish, AMG sports stripes, climatised front seats, Exclusive grey/black Nappa leather with seatbelts in yellow, two individual rear seats, and AMG matt carbon-fibre trim. The Edition 1 Package adds $5,900 to the purchase price.
If you don’t believe me that this car will change the way you look at a family car forever then I suggest you contact your preferred Mercedes-AMG specialist retailer and book a test drive for yourself.
I would also like to congratulate Mercedes-AMG Team Gruppe M Racing for their third place finish in the Mercedes AMG GT3 in yesterday’s 12 hour event.
Photographs by Mercedes-Benz Australia.